Do Not Disturb is a nifty feature that was added to iPhones years ago, and it allows users to silence all calls, messages, and notifications at a specific time period or on request. You can activate this mode from the Control Center, and it will turn off by itself after a predetermined period. However, you might want to learn how to turn off Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone manually, especially if you didn’t set a specific time or you want to receive notifications again.
In this article, we will describe various methods to turn off Do Not Disturb mode on all iPhone models, including iPhones with physical Home buttons, iPhones with Face ID, and iPhones with Touch ID. We will also provide some troubleshooting tips if the Do Not Disturb mode won’t turn off as expected.
Method 1: Turn off Do Not Disturb mode from Control Center
The easiest way to turn off Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone is through the Control Center. The Control Center is the set of toggles and shortcuts that you access by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen or swiping up from the bottom of your screen, depending on your iPhone model.
To turn off Do Not Disturb mode from the Control Center, follow these steps:
1. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to bring up the Control Center. If you have an iPhone with a physical Home button, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
2. Look for the crescent moon icon, which represents the Do Not Disturb mode. If it is lit up, it means the mode is active.
3. Tap the crescent moon icon once to turn off the mode. The icon should no longer be highlighted.
That’s it; you have successfully turned off Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone. Your notifications and calls should come through again.
Method 2: Turn off Do Not Disturb mode from Settings
If you prefer to turn off Do Not Disturb mode from the Settings app, you can follow these steps:
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll down until you see the "Do Not Disturb" option and tap it.
3. Toggle the switch next to "Do Not Disturb" to the OFF position.
This method works the same way as the Control Center method, but it might be more convenient if you don’t want to swipe to access the Control Center. Also, the Settings app allows you to customize some of the Do Not Disturb settings, such as setting a specific time for the mode, allowing calls from your favorites or repeated calls, and so on. If you want to tweak these settings, you can do so from the same "Do Not Disturb" menu.
Method 3: Turn off Do Not Disturb mode using Siri
If you have enabled Siri on your iPhone, you can ask it to turn off the Do Not Disturb mode for you. Here’s how:
1. Activate Siri by pressing and holding the Home or Side button, depending on your iPhone model, or by saying "Hey Siri" if you have enabled that option.
2. Say something like "Turn off Do Not Disturb" or "Disable Do Not Disturb."
3. Siri should confirm that it has turned off the mode.
This method is handy if you are busy doing something and can’t access your iPhone’s screen. However, Siri might not understand your request if you have a thick accent or use colloquial language. Also, make sure that your Siri is not set to only work when your device is unlocked.
Method 4: Turn off Do Not Disturb mode with a timer
If the Do Not Disturb mode won’t turn off as expected, you can try using a timer to force it to turn off after a specific period automatically. Here’s how:
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Tap the "Control Center" option.
3. Tap the green plus sign next to "Do Not Disturb While Driving" to add it to the Control Center.
4. Go back to the home screen and swipe up from the bottom to access the Control Center.
5. Tap the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" icon, which should look like a car steering wheel.
6. Choose "When I Connect to Car Bluetooth" or "Automatically" and select your car’s Bluetooth connection or tap "Add a Car" otherwise.
7. Go back to the Control Center and tap the "Timer" icon, which looks like a clock.
8. Choose how long you want the timer to run, such as five minutes or an hour.
9. When the timer runs out, the Do Not Disturb mode should turn off automatically.
This method is useful if the Do Not Disturb mode won’t turn off for some reason, such as a glitch or a software issue. However, it requires you to have a car Bluetooth connection, and you might not want to do this if you’re not driving.
Troubleshooting tips if the Do Not Disturb mode won’t turn off
If none of the methods above work, you can try these troubleshooting tips:
1. Restart your iPhone by pressing and holding the power button until the "slide to power off" option appears, then slide it to turn off your iPhone. Press and hold the power button again to turn your iPhone back on.
2. Update your iPhone’s software by going to Settings > General > Software Update and downloading the latest version.
3. Reset all settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This won’t erase your data or media, but it will reset your settings to their default values.
4. Contact Apple Support if none of the above solutions work.
Do Not Disturb can be a lifesaver if you want to concentrate on a task, sleep without interruptions, or attend an important meeting without distractions. However, you might need to know how to turn off the mode manually if you want to receive notifications again. You can turn off Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone using the Control Center, Settings app, Siri, or a timer. If the mode won’t turn off as expected, you can try restarting your iPhone, updating its software, resetting all settings, or contacting Apple Support.